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John Newton

John Newton was an English Anglican clergyman and abolitionist who was forced to serve as a sailor in the Royal Navy for a period. He was first a slave of Princess Peye, a black princess of the Sherbro people and then, years after, He became the captain of slave ships. He became ordained as an evangelical Anglican cleric, served Olney, Buckinghamshire, for two decades, and also wrote hymns, known for "Amazing Grace" and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken"... Read More

Born4 August [O.S. 24 July] 1725
Wapping, London, Great Britain
Died21 December 1807 (aged 82)
London, United Kingdom
OccupationBritish sailor and Anglican clergyman
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